Sometimes we just need to clear out our scraps and make something fun and this mini log cabin pattern is perfect. These mini log cabins are easy to make and since they are made from scrap fabrics, I consider them free!
Mini Log Cabin Pattern
This project is for all levels.
Skill Level- 1 Button
- scrap fabric
- 6″ square of lightweight interfacing or stabilizer
- mini log cabin pattern template
- sewing machine
- iron and ironing board
Mini Log Cabin Block Instructions:
- Print out the template and transfer the design onto a piece of stabilizer or interfacing. Be sure to mark the numbers on the template.
- Place a 2.5″ square of fabric right side up on the center of the template. Carefully turn the template over and stitch in place. Rough cut a piece of scrap fabric to cover log #1 on the template with 1/4″ all around overhang by 1″ wide. Lay fabric scrap over the center square with the right sides together. Be sure that the fabric scrap overhangs the section on each side. Carefully turn over the template and stitch along the line.
- Trim away excess fabric to allow for 1/4″ seam allowance; flip up and press. Work in a clockwise manner while mixing colors and prints until you are all around your template.
- Press, Press, Press. Don’t forget to press as you go!
Mini Log Cabin
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The mini log cabin block finishes at 4″ and if you are not sure what to make with them, let me give you a few ideas. Even though I think the mini log cabin quilt pattern looks best when grouped together, it will also make a stunning pocket detail or handbag, Be sure to think of this template as a way to use your scraps and create a focal point within any stitching project. I challenge you to think beyond the quilt when using this template.
This mini log cabin quilt pattern is so simple and can be made any size you like. Personally, I just LOVE the way they look small. Keep in mind, while this template is easy to use, the quilt block takes time to sew due to its size and small bits of fabric.
- Press fabric scraps in advance.
- Paper can be used instead of interfacing as the foundation. See tips for sewing with paper.
- A rotary cutter, self-healing mat, and quilt ruler will make quick work of this template.
- Consider a dab of washable glue to keep the first piece in place.
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Comments & Reviews
Cindy Zink says
I am so excited to be doing these mini log cabins to help reduce some of the fabric scraps I have building up. I am not sure what the outcome of these will be but the fun is in the making and not so much what they will become later. Thank you for providing a free template and instructions for everyone to use. It is much appreciated. You’re the BEST!!!!!
Gina Growe says
I’ve not seen a log cabin done this way – looks like it will be super fast and what I really like is show casing or fussy cutting an image (like from my Ghastlies or Tula Pink fabric). Thank you – I can see this being lots of fun.